Alcohol-related diseases in general hospital patients

Peter Gerke*, Ulfert Hapke, Hans Jürgen Rumpf, Ulrich John

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To determine the prevalence and spectrum of alcohol-related diseases in a general hospital inpatient population, data of 1288 patients newly admitted to a city general hospital, who had been examined with regards to alcoholism, were surveyed. The sample consisted of 625 medical and 663 surgical patients aged 18-64 years. In 21% (29.3% of the men and 9.4% of the women), inpatient treatment was due to an alcohol-related disorder. The highest occurrence was found in the 35-55-year-olds. Frequently diagnosed disorders in alcohol-dependent patients included delirium tremens (12.8%), seizures (11.4%), head injuries (9.4%) and cirrhosis of the liver (8.1%), whereas alcohol abusers had often been injured. Excluding patients with alcohol-related diseases decreases the proportion of men in the sample by 6.2%. The prevalence of physically-damaged alcoholic patients in general hospitals suggests that preventative measures, such as consultation services, could be applied efficiently in this setting.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAlcohol and Alcoholism
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)179-184
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1997

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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